Israeli Defense After the Abraham Accords: Expanding Area of Sea Control

11/08/2020
By Robbin Laird With the new Abraham accords, the collaborative opportunities for the IDF with GCC partners are clearly expanded. At the same time, the range of security control necessary to protect the shift in the transit of energy supplies is significant and requires new capabilities and new approaches to…

NATO Submarine Rescue Mission Contract Extended

10/18/2020
According to a UK Ministry of Defence article published on September 30, 2020, a three year extension of a NATO contract for submarine rescue missions has been completed. Worth more than seven million pounds, the contract extension will reach into 2023 and provide operational support to the NATO Submarine Rescue…

President Trump Proclaims Patriot Day: My Personal Remenberance of September 11th at the Pentagon

09/11/2020
By Robbin Laird President Trump highlighted the importance of September 11th for the United States in a White House proclamation. On September 10, 2020, the White House issued this proclamation on patriot day, 2020: In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent…

NATO Mine Disposal Operations in Norwegian Waters

08/25/2020
According to a recent news story on the NATO website, "Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG 1) has concluded a historical ordnance disposal operation, enhancing knowledge about the seabed by working in Norwegian waters and contributing to the Norwegian compiled historic ordnance database. "Conducted between 4-12 August, 2020 in…

JSDF Participates in Anti-Piracy Operations with the EU Naval Force Somalia

07/26/2020
According to a story published in July 2020 by the Japanese Ministry of Defence, the Japanese Navy is participating in the EU anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden. On June 12th and 21st, JS Onami conducted an anti-piracy joint exercise (including communications training, firearms exercises, etc.) with the Spanish Navy Frigates “Numancia”…

NATO and Defense of NATO Air Space: Intercepts Ramp Up During COVID-19

05/04/2020
RAMSTEIN, Germany NATO aircraft have been busy over the past two days intercepting Russian aircraft flying close to NATO airspace. On 28 April Polish fighters were scrambled under NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission from Estonia to identify two Russian Tu-160 long range bombers, escorted by several fighters and supported by…

A UK Military Response to COVID-19: RAF Helo Support

05/02/2020
Recently, three RAF Puma helicopters have been dispatched to Kinloss barracks in Moray, Scotland. They are there to be able to respond to COVID-19 incidents throughout Scotland. According to a May 1, 2020 story by David Mackay published by the Press and Journal: "One of the Pumas at Kinloss Barracks…